After the refit – ready for the Bay of Biscay.

velvet lady ready to go againVelvet Lady looking lovely alongside in Plymouth

Well, thats it.  Major work over for another year.  This year has been quite an epic.  We lifted the mast out in QAB to inspect for faults and completely change all the standing and running rigging.  This is considered routine maintenance after 90,000 miles and once the rig was out Velvet Lady went into a shed in Plymouth Yacht Haven.  Here we removed all the chain plates – (the bits that the standing rigging attach to) to check, and after 28 years were pleased to find they were still in perfect nick.  Whilst the chain plates were out we removed all of the saloon windows and window frames and replaced with new before replacing some of the wood surround and revarnishing.  She looks a million dollars.  They were the big jobs – we also replaced the aft G and T seats, redid the caulking in the cockpit, replaced one of the loos, replaced the duck boards in the showers, cut new carpet, and to round it off replaced the antifoul and polished the topsides.  Our MCA surveyor came along and gave us a clean bill of health so we are ready for the off.

Biscay first – think we’ll wait a couple of days for a weather window, but the forecast for our Spanish Rias trip is looking good.  Then south to Madeira and further south to Lanzarote just in time for December – Fully Booked all the way.  Our first places are in December and there are 4 left on the real deal sailing holiday starting on 7 December.  £675 per person fully inclusive on board for 7 nights.  Circumnavigate Lanzarote in the sunshine.  I have just looked and flights are still available for about £60 return see or

We will also be offering this price on our trips in January, February and March but places are booking up fast.